Von Miller’s six-game suspension has been lifted and while the Broncos are sitting pretty with an unbeaten record, the Pro Bowl linebacker admits it was a challenge not being able to play.
“It hasn’t gone by fast, though,” Miller told the The Denver Post. “A lot of people have said it went by fast. It hasn’t. It wasn’t easy. And I don’t want to get away from that. I want to stay with that focus that it’s not easy.”
Miller, who was suspended for violating the NFL’s drug policy, had to abide by several league restrictions including not playing, traveling or practicing with the team. Oh yeah, he also wouldn’t be able to collect his six-figure weekly paychecks.
The third-year linebacker used his free time getting in peak football condition and has bulked up to 262 pounds. He, also, shed 2 percent of body fat, according to the report.
“I still move like a wildcat,” Miller said. “I’m still quick. I’m still going to cover guys. I’m in the best shape of my life. Emotionally I’m in a very good place. Nutrition, I’ve stepped it up. Usually during the season you get away from it because everything is moving so fast.”
Miller also addressed his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and showed remorse for his actions. Miller’s suspension was increased from four games to six games because the NFL though that he tried to manipulate the system by working with a collector who accepted a tampered sample.
The Broncos travel to Indianapolis for Peyton Manning’s homecoming on Sunday. Miller will also be in action and could be a threat to Andrew Luck’s blindside.